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Happy Soul's Day to Manatita - a Humble Offering for His Birthday!

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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There is the life we dream, the life we deserve and the life we will live. The purpose of our Spiritual struggle is to make these three become one.

— Sean Dragon

A Man of Love, 68 Years Young

I am a blessed man. Blessed in so many ways. One of these is my acquaintance with Manatita and his work. I am sure that many people feel the same way after the Light of Manatita's Heart warms theirs!

I am really too small to describe the vastness of his talent. The only thing I can say is that his poems are divine songs coming straight from Paradise, nurturing the Seed of Love we all have within! That's why his work is a higher act of Love. Because it is almost impossible for someone to read one of his poems without feeling the call back to the origins of Love!

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So, this Hub is nothing more than an opportunity and an invitation to anyone who wants to express his gratitude for Manatita's work to leave a comment for his 68 birthday. Let's give him back a little of the Light, which so generously has offered to us!

Manatita, my Poem Gift

Man of Love, oh you humble server of His Grace

Angel of spiritual beauty and Lantern Carrier

Never get tired to sing about the Aromas of our Home

Awakening the Spirit of the Seed we all have within

Those who have been blessed with the Light of your Heart

Immigrants in the deserts of this cunning world

The way back Home seeking through your words

Accepting your advice that Love is the only Path!

Transformation of the body shows us how pure we can be. Liberation of the vital shows us how dynamic we can be. Revelation of the mind shows us how vast we can be. Manifestation of the heart shows us how divine we can be.

— Sri Chinmoy

Origins

Manatita was born Cecil Kingsley Hutchinson, in a beautiful little village called Hermitage, in the Parish of St Patrick's, Grenada, West Indies (W.I.).

He had a wonderful childhood although his mother had very little money, needed support from others to help bring him up, and was a single 'mom'. She became pregnant while still at school and not quite seventeen.

He describes:

"Some sixty-five years ago, and in a small country village paradise, we were all so innocent! All the trappings of this modern life were so alien to us! These reminiscences are part of what I mean by having a very beautiful childhood. "

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"Of course, we fought as boys would, played cricket, drove downhills recklessly on home-made carts, spun tops, dug for miniature turtles in the ground, and did many other crazy things in the late fifties and early sixties.

Down in Grenville, in the Parish of St Andrew's, we played football in the Park, went to late-night movies, or could easily be found "liming" on the streets and bridges on a hot day. Throughout all this, my mother allowed me freedom, and perhaps I was also a very willing boy. I remember always wanting to go to school, to do good, to help, and to be cheerful.

We were a loving family, but although I was never short of food in what was essentially a small agricultural country, I was the first of seven children, and my mother's financial position was never that brilliant, even at the best of times."

His first experiences with spirituality happened quite early. He says:

"I was brought up an Anglican and was baptized and confirmed at the age of nine. Like most of my friends, I went to Sunday school, and so I was exposed to the religious life at an early age. During this period some evangelist preachers visited Grenada, and so I followed them to their various locations where they gave talks and preached about the Godly life. ... I was so fired with the love of God! By the time I was thirteen, I had numerous certificates for outstanding biblical studies and really wanted to have an encounter with Jesus Christ."

"School life was great. I went to a private school at four, which was run by 'Teacher Leonoris', as we called her. During this period, I was exceptionally bright. When I was five, my mother took me to the city of Grenville, St. Andrew's. There she began her search for a better and more fulfilling life. I went to the St. Andrew's Methodist School, experienced morning assemblies, learnt moral principles and said 'grace' before meals. All this greatly helped to shape my spiritual life.

Here I was to stay until I was fifteen. For what were perhaps God-ordained reasons, I did not sit the scholarship exams at nine and again at eleven. Consequently, I did not go to High School. Who knows, had I done so, I may have been a scholarly Professor somewhere, and never felt the call of God.

After leaving school, I went straight to work in order to assist my mum, who by this time had six other children to feed. I dabbled with two or three jobs, varying from being a clerk, to working on a building site, and finally being a policeman.

I remember having a 'soft' heart, talking to minor offenders rather than arresting them, and not feeling within me the toughness for the job as needed.

Unknowingly, I was being moulded for a different calling. I quit my job at the age of twenty-one, took the opportunity that nursing offered me, and travelled to England in search of exploration and a different life. I spent two weeks with my youngest and loving aunt, and then started my vocation as a nurse at HillingdonHospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex."

Whatever takes place in the divine Providence is not only for the best, but also inevitable, because there is no alternative.

— Sri Cinmoy

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We found him in London, some years later, receiving his Higher call! He describes:

"It is September 1982; I am sitting at home in a two-bedroom maisonette. Things are different now. I am a responsible father and husband in London, England. I have a very beautiful, devoted, and dutiful wife, and a two-year-old son. Today is my day off work. I am sitting downstairs when I hear a loud sound coming from the direction of the hallway. I go expectantly to the doorway. A rather large packet drops to the floor. It is addressed to me. I open it and see a book inside. "The Path: Autobiography of a Western Yogi," by Swami Kriyananda. I begin to read, and a very powerful thrill runs through my Heart. I have come home.

One week later, I am again influenced by two books: "The Bhagavad Gita, As It Is" by His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta, Swami Prabhupada, and, "Meditation: Paths to Tranquility," by Peter Russell. Taking an address and telephone number from the latter, within a week I had found the Sri Chinmoy Centre, became inspired immediately by the writings and personality of Sri Chinmoy, and accepted him as my Guru. As regards the Centre, since that very first day, October 1st, 1982, I have never stopped going."

The information has been taken from the incredible Manatita's book "My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings."

Gratitude!

Gratitude for the Light of your Heart, my brother, Manatita! I wish God gives you His Divine Flame for many more years so that you will carry It to us! Much Love!

Comments

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

My sweet, Li-Jen, thank you for your kind comment! I know your feelings about Manatita, and I loved your poem about him. So, I thank you too, for sharing your beautiful tribute to him!

Much Love!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

My dear sister, Dora, when I first started writing here in HP, you and Manatita were two of the first people who embraced me with love! You were always an inspiration for me, and I will always be grateful! Thank you for your exceptional and heartfelt comment.

God loves His world through people like you and Manatita!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

Thank you so much, my dear sister, Marlene! Your comment is glorious! I couldn't be more pleased! I treasure your words and your presence here!

Blessings to your family!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

A movie! A great idea, my dear Audrey! After my book about him, maybe a movie is the next step! I am calling Will Smith for the role. Ha! Ha!

Thank you so much for your beautiful words, they are honouring me more than I deserve. But, most of all, I thank you for the Light of your Heart! It has taught me so many good things!

Much Love!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

Thank you so much, my dear Doris, your words are always significant to me! I admire your work so much! I am writing a small and humble offering to you too, but time is a hard master for me these days. We'll see...

Gratitude and admiration!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

Happy to see you here, my dear sister, Dana! I've missed your work. Thank you for your kind words!

Blessings!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

My dear brother, Chris, those videos are priceless! I really think that they can add some more beauty to the image that we have about Manatita. Thank you for being by my side in so many ways. I treasure your presence. Gratitude!

A flock of hugs from your family in Greece!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

Blessings to you too, my brother, Venkatachari! I am so glad to see you here, helping me to celebrate this significant day! Thank you!

Your kind Heart is a priceless gift to us who know you!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

My dear sister, Linda, people like you and Manatita are the proof that God loves this world! Thank you for your contribution to my efforts to become a better person!

Keep on making Jesus happy!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 16, 2020:

Thank you, my dear sister, Nikki! You are a part of all this! Our connection is a unique Manatita's gift to me!

My Love to the family!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 15, 2020:

Thank you, my dear Rochelle, for your visit and your gracious words about Manatita! I loved your beautiful tribute to him too! Very well done!

Shine on Jesus' Love!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 15, 2020:

My dear Peggy, knowing that my effort has helped you to start your day beautifully is the best reward for me! Thank you for your lovely words and sentiments!

I wish Light upon your kind Heart!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 15, 2020:

Ruby, I am so glad to see you here and read your heartfelt comment! I am honoured!

My best wishes to you and your beloved ones!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 15, 2020:

Bill, my brother, thank you for your presence here. It is significant to me! Your good vibes give me strength!

Gratitude!

Sean

Li-Jen Hew on February 15, 2020:

Hi Sean, Hi Manatita. A fitting tribute to Manatita! It's good to share his journey! Glad he's doing what he loves. Thank you for sharing!

manatita44 from london on February 14, 2020:

That is so lovely, Dee! More gratitude to your sincere Heart and serving life. Happy valentine's once more!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 14, 2020:

I know that I am much too busy when I miss something like this. Sean, your devotion is admirable! Manatita and I have a special friendship connection which was formed here on this site. He has been a teacher, an encourager, an inspiration and a Lantern Carrier for sure. I pray that he experiences many more birthdays, each in good health. Love and Blessings to both him and you, Sean.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 13, 2020:

Thank you, my dear Shannon! I appreciate your visit and your comment!

Greeting and wishes from Greece!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 13, 2020:

My dear sister, Chitrangada, your comments are always like a warming Spring-day's sun! Thank you for the beauty and the warmth of your words! I ever treasure them!

My best wishes to all your beautiful family!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 13, 2020:

Thank you, my dear Shauna! I am so glad to know I've helped you to learn new things about my brother! I think you would love his book! I am grateful for your visit and your kind words.

Blessings!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 13, 2020:

Thank you, my dear Pamela! Blessings and comments like yours, coming from a beautiful Soul, like the one you are, are the best gift for Manatita and me! Happy birthday to you too (February 13th)! I wish you many more happy years among your beloved people!

Light upon your vast Heart!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 12, 2020:

My dear brother John, what can I say about your vast Heart and your even more exceptional talent! You have added your beautiful colours to my gift, making it more worthy! Thank you, my brother, from my heart.

You are my kind!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 12, 2020:

My brother Eric, your comments are little gifts! Always! Full of colours and aromas and Love, so much Love! I am grateful for them, my brother! I treasure them!

Hugs!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 12, 2020:

Exciting and intriguing to read! What more can I ask from a comment, Rosina? Thank you for your kind words! They are precious to me!

Gratitude!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 12, 2020:

It was my pleasure, my friend, Surabhi! Thank you for honouring my gift!

Blessings!

Sean

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2020:

Haha, Nikki.

There was a cake on Saturday and I blew out the candles. The poetic crowd of about 35 people, also sang the birthday song to me. Quite cute. I sent the video to Sean, but perhaps he feared that there are too many videos.

Today is my official birthday celebration, as our Centre (Place of worship) always celebrate. I missed going Sunday, so they will celebrate today. There will be a cake, God's Grace … I will sit at the shrine in prayer and they will sing me forgiveness and gratitude songs. They are my favourites. I will definitely get some photos and even a video for you.

Once again, my pranams to everyone here for your tremendous support and encouragement.

P.S Send me your What's App number

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2020:

Two of my favourite ladies and with amazing sentiments! The feeling is reciprocal. Glory be!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 11, 2020:

What an incredible tribute to a man who has love from my heart. The Lantern Carrier is one of the most cherished people in my life.

Your tribute highlights the elements that make him a glorious soul for mankind. To be loved by his friendship is a Holy gift from heaven.

He has touched my life in the most honorable ways and I wish him a happy (belated) birthday.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 11, 2020:

Oh...My! Dearest Sean

This offering to our brother, Manatita, is truly the most lovely of all birthday gifts. My deepest gratitude to you. These videos are priceless. This tribute would make a wonderful, inspiring movie. Thank you, Sean, for your love and light.

Blessings to you and yours,

Audrey

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2020:

Eric,

A true Guru is generally called a Satguru/Saviour/Master/Messiah … and has the words Sri or Lord attached to his or her name. A Satguru is one with the Will and Consciousness of the Absolute and has no will of his own.

Some one was extolling the virtues of Alan Watts last night. True, he has influenced millions and is awesome for a good spiritual foundation. The Satguru's writings and spiritual capacity is different as he/she embodies God fully.

He can touch you and give you life and has the capacity of a Christ, Rama, Buddha, Krishna, Ramakrisha and Chaitanya. He is one with God. Guruji used to say that these men and women of God are very rare and can be literally counted on your fingers. They change the face of the world when they come.

Yes, the word Guru is used loosely, to mean teacher both by Indians and westerners alike. They grow on trees, like mushrooms! There's a family Guru, an Astrology Guru, a maths Guru and so forth.

Gu means darkness, Ru means to dispel, light. The word Guru means Dispeller of darkness. Only the direct descendants of God has that unique capacity.

Finally, there are gradations of spirituality, just like in school. Kindergarten, high school, college and university. So too, There are saints, swamis, sages, seers, rishis, avatars …. the spiritual heirachy is endless, as God is constantly in motion. God-men are more silent and those we know, are usually the popular guys, those who say 'safe' things. They help immensely, like a good life-coach or motivator, but are not Self--realised Souls. A lot here. Peace.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 11, 2020:

Well worth the coming back to savor this fine peace/piece. I wonder what it means to be a true Guru. Of course I know the definition and have had one in my life I consider that.

Is this world so connected that we are all connected and the internet is only a cerebral part of communication? I think it is more than that as words stir the love we share from around the world.

I reckon it is just fine that Manatita is a Guru through his love in words through the internet. It resonates for me.

As it clearly resonates for so many. In our community here we have a love train, perhaps our Manatita is the engine.

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2020:

Thanks Sean for the support. Add Li-Jen and Ruby too and a poem from John. Needless to say, I do appreciate you ALL and I welcome Sean's empathetic comments.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 11, 2020:

My dear friends, brothers and sisters, it fills my Heart with a higher joy seeing your loving response to my humble tribute to our brother! This is all about Manatita, and he answers to your beautiful comments as it should be. Of course, I will try to respond to each of you, but as my everyday schedule is hard, I beg for your understanding. I am so grateful to you all for honouring my Love to him.

I want to inform those who haven't already found out it that there are two more exceptional tributes for Manatita's birthday! Audrey Hunt (vocalcoach) and Rochelle Ann De Zoysa (rdsparrowriter) have done amazing work! Please pay them a visit and comment to give some more joy to them and Manatita! Always remember, the more joy you offer, the more pleasure you get!

I love you, my brother, Manatita, and I pray for you every day! I also pray for more people like you in this world! Happy Soul's day every day, from all the family!

Much Love, prayers and blessings to you all!

Sean

Nikki Khan from London on February 11, 2020:

Did you cut you cake?

Post the picture please.

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2020:

Thank you Miz.

So much thankfulness here! Love to ALL my ffiends.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 10, 2020:

Sean, This is a beautiful offering. What a nice birthday gift to Manatita. May his spirit shine on for many more years. Happy Birthday, Manatita,

Namaste.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Hi Dana.

So pleased to see you! Hope your health's good. Thank you so much!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on February 10, 2020:

Awsome piece of work!

Happy birthday, lantern carrier.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

What a beautiful piece! I'm so happy for you Bro. We are all His. The Saviour's know this, that's why they are so humble. Moe Love to you

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 10, 2020:

Sean, thank you for sharing the videos. It is good to see our friend up close and personal.

Manatita, as your days have been, so your heart has beaten for light and truth. From your first breath, you sought a higher plane. The years rolled past and though you lived the life of a child, you were forming the heart and thinking of a man who would challenge others to look within and see, in the words of George Fox, that of God. You have profoundly impacted me. And I thank you.

Happy Birthday, manatita.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Lots of Gratitude Bhaia Ji

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on February 10, 2020:

Beautiful, Sean. A great job is done by you bringing out his life-story and his endurances and spirituality.

Happy Birthday, Manatita. And, blessings, Sean.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Linda, Nikki, Rochelle, Peggy, great for me too. Felt especially sweet at my shrine a.m, especially with an extended worship.

Lots of good will followed internationally to include Texas and Australia and nationally as well.

I have already had some cake and celebration on Saturday night. One tonight and again at my Centre worship on Wednesday. Life is good. Gratitude ... more.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 10, 2020:

Sean, thank you for sharing the story of this beautiful teacher. Blessings to you and to Manatita.

Nikki Khan from London on February 10, 2020:

Happy Birthday Manatita Ji!

What a beautiful contribution to a spiritual teacher and a good human being.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on February 10, 2020:

This is a lovely tribute :) It is nice to know about Manatita's early life :) Happy born day Manatita :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2020:

What a beautiful dedication for the 68th birthday of the Lantern Carrier, our beloved Manatita. Reading this is a beautiful way to start my day, and I hope the same is true for our birthday boy who brings enlightenment and joy to our souls. Thanks, Sean!

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Very sweet, Ruby, very sweet ...

Gratitude

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 10, 2020:

A beautiful tribute to a special friend. His poetry surely comes from above

The thrill of reading his words, so full of spirit and Godly love

He never misses a chance to lift and inspire others as he travels the path through life

His dedications to others is a dream come true, bringing smiles, forgetting any strife

So happy birthday Cecil, may your day be filled with joy unspeakable and words to inspire.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Thank you Bill, Shannon,

Covering for a devout soul who is probably now working diligently, like most of us, with his wonderful students. truly appreciate your sentiments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2020:

A lovely offering to a very important online mentor and friend.Wishing you peace and love for your birthday, Manatita. Sean, a job well done.

Shannon Henry from Texas on February 10, 2020:

Happy birthday!

You did a beautiful tribute with this hub.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Gratitude, my Didi Ji. Jai Ram!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2020:

Many Happy Returns of the day Manatita. A Very Happy Birthday to you.

Thank you so much Sean, for this humble gesture and the wonderful tribute to Manatita, who truly deserves this. I wouldn’t have known, it’s his birthday, had I not come across your article.

It’s good to know about Manatita’s earlier life, and how he dedicated himself to a spiritual life. There is so much to learn from him. Your poem, the photos and the videos of Manatita, everything about this article is so wonderful.

I feel blessed to know both of you.

Once again thank you for sharing and a wonderful Happy Birthday to Manatita.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

You're awesome, Shauna. Thank you so much. Save some cake at the coffee break for me.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 10, 2020:

Sean, this is such a beautiful tribute to Mantita on his 68th birthday. I learned so many things about my beautiful soulful friend of which I was unaware. I will be back to watch the videos and hear his melodic, soothing voice. I'm at work at the moment and don't want to raise any flags. LOL

Happy Birthday, Manatita! May you shine your Light for many years to come, my friend.

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

Ha ha Eric.

In Rome we have to live with the Roman's. We say Happy Birthday, although in the mystic Path we know that we are soul's, so we say Happy Soul's Day. No right or wrong here. We say God a lot in the West, as we are familiar with this concept, but in Yoga it's Consciousness for The Absolute Source. Semantics, haha.

You and I both know the secret is Love.

Rosina, Pamela and of course Surabhi, the effort and Love is appreciated.

John you deserve special thanks for coming up with a poem at such short notice. More blessings from Him to you all.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 10, 2020:

Sean, This is such a good article about Manatita. You have given us a great view of his life and it is nice way to honor him on his birthday. The videos, pictures, quotes and story make for a beautiful article to start this week. Blessings to both of you

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 10, 2020:

Thank you for your loving tribute to Manatita on his 68th birthday Sean. Many happy returns Manatita. You made a request on my Poems From the Porch hub for a poem about February 10, so here it is.

For you Manatita

Each day is special

But today we are here

Remembering your birthday

Ultimately and primarily

Another year to

Reminisce and celebrate.

Your advice and encouragement,

Tutoring and guidance

Ensure other writers' growth

Now and in the future.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 10, 2020:

Do we say "Nameste" or "Peace be with you" or "I love you"? Is it happy soul's day or happy birthday? Well I know a man who fully understands those terms. This man who I am blessed to call a friend is truly that light which guides us through dark valleys and "dead" of night. Not deserved by so many but rather delivered to us with grace from the supreme.

Manatita it is truly an honor to know you.

(more on the hub later -- see you soon:-)

Rosina S Khan on February 10, 2020:

Sean, thank you for dedicating this hub to Manatita on the occasion of his birthday. Your poem gift together with quotes, images, videos and a little background history of Manatita (which was, in fact, new to me) makes this hub very exciting and intriguing to read. Happy Birthday to Manatita!

Surabhi on February 10, 2020:

Many-many happy returns of the day, Manatita! Ioannis, thank you for dedicating this beautiful hub to our very special soul. Om Shanti!

manatita44 from london on February 10, 2020:

It's all here, Bro. Immortal quotes from my Guruji, your quote, your selfless showcasing of me in public performances, a bit about my early life in the Caribbean and the manifestations in London And Tanzania.

Of course, it would not be complete without Spirituality and you have added the meditation as well as lacing the Hub with works of Love. I rather like your acrostic poem and the philosophy that Love is the only Path.

I have not said anything else in my 10 years here. Bless you, my Brother. God bless your loving Heart and your family's life of inner and outer fidelity and charm. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

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